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Rangers on the road in Kansas City

Righthander Matt Garza will head to the hill for the Texas Rangers on Saturday night as they continue their key MLB betting series on the road against the Kansas City Royals.

Garza is 9-6 with a 4.06 ERA on the season, but the Rangers are just 1-4 on the MLB odds in his last five trips to the mound. Garza is 1-5 with a 3.83 ERA and 44 strikeouts over 49 1-3 innings in eight career starts against the Royals.

The Royals will turn to Jeremy Guthrie and his 14-11 record as they look for a win in this one.

View Texas Rangers vs Kansas City Royals Odds and Stats.

Those who planned on backing the visitors in this one found the Rangers listed as Favorite of -118 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 8.5, check for updates at 5Dimes.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Royals rated this week at No. 6 and the Rangers sitting at No. 21.

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Texas was a 2-1 loser in its last match on the road against the Royals. They lost as +119 underdogs, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors. Texas looks to rebound from a loss to the Royals, who beat them 2-1 on Friday behind a start from Ervin Santana at Kauffman Stadium.

How They Match Up:
At the plate, Kansas City owns the No. 11 ranking for hits at 8.98 per game. By contrast, the Rangers are rated No. 10 in the same category at 8.99 per game.

Texas brings the No. 10-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Royals's No. 5-ranked defense.

A few Rangers at Royals trends to consider:
Texas is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games
Kansas City is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games

Next up:
Texas at Kansas City, Sunday, September 22nd